Ilfracombe leave it late to clock up a win

Joseph Bulmer

Steve Holland bags an 88th minute winner for the Bluebirds

ON the day the clocks went one hour forward, Ilfracombe Town nearly took two steps back with a ragged, but rewarding, performance at Toolstation Premier Division bottom side Welton Rovers.

After losing 2-1 to Wells City in midweek in a match they should have won, the Bluebirds were distinctly second-best at the weekend but came out on top thanks to an 88th minute Steve Holland winner.

In a first half of few chances, Shaun Lewis could have put the visitors one-up when he was played in by Darren Parish only to put his effort over the bar.

The breakthrough came five minutes before half-time when Leon Taswell met Jon Vooght’s corner kick at the near post.

With the hosts continuing to dominate possession, they got their own reward when Craig Rimmer nipped in to capitalise on a weak header back to keeper Steve Oliver.

Mark Clunie came close with a free-kick on 60 minutes but Holland saved the day with minutes to play, finding the net from a Lewis cross.

At Mill Road on Saturday, Barnstaple Town found top gear from the first whistle but were unlucky 3-2 losers against Bristol Manor Farm.

Barum offered little respite to the visitors as they moved forward in numbers in the opening stages and they were rewarded with a Billy Hopcroft opener on 30 minutes.

Luke Purnell equalised for the visitors at the break and a livelier-looking Farm made it 2-1 through Ben Hiscox on 71 minutes.

Five minutes later, Stan Paxton looked to have rescued a point when he headed home a corner but with 10 minutes to go, Tony Perry converted a Hiscox cross to win the match for the visitors.

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